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It is getting closer to the end of 2012 and many technology executives are beginning to plan for 2013.  One of the largest Symposiums in the country takes place is in Florida, The Gartner ITxpo.Here, CIO’s and senior IT executives gather to speak about the latest solutions in the IT world. 

 

Consumerization

Defined as: The growing tendency for new information technology to emerge first in the consumer market and then spread into business and government organizations. The emergence of consumer markets as the primary driver of IT innovation and is seen as a major IT industry shift, as large business and government organizations dominated the early decades of computer usage and development.

Due to this shift in technology growth, mobile devices continue to be used for innovative ways to improve business performance. It is estimated that in 2013 mobile devices will take over PC’s as the most common web access device worldwide and by 2015, tablets are expected to over sell by 50% over laptops. One major effect of this is the prevalence of Windows operating system, The common work computer will continue to be slowly replaced by personal devices like cell phones and tablets. This brings more of a level playing field over Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. The consumerization is going to force companies to support multiple formats. Companies will no longer be able to force PC/windows dominance on employees. This will also cut costs for companies when it comes to purchasing equipment for IT purposes. This will be a slow process but is starting to be seen in corporate environments.

In the Cloud

The cloud was another hot topic for discussion at the ITxpo, Moving forward the cloud will be a highly utilized option. At first glance it is used to cut overall operating costs, increase accessibility of corporate information and ease of use by employees, with the large amounts of data being readily available on a cloud system the security of these clouds in imperative.

The cloud will continue to open doors for new innovation and opportunities for companies looking to stay ahead of the technology curve. It was predicted at the expo that the Cloud will eventually be the center of our digital lives, with its syncing functions making the device not as important as how it backs up the data.

Data Growth

The overall volume, velocity and complexity of data growth continues to increase. Companies are realizing the need to abandon the concept of a single enterprise data warehouse containing all information. IT departments are beginning to move towards the use of content management systems, data marts and specialized file systems. These are being tied together with data services and metadata; used to compile and analyze data.

The amount of readily available information is being put to use as well. Analytic and business intelligence software is being used for optimizing cost, performance and spending. Simulation is being brought to every area of enterprise, including day to day operations.

Technology continues to improve business operations with more innovation. With consumerization becoming more prevalent, the speed at which innovation occurs will continue to increase. So we will be on the lookout for new innovations and new technologies, as should you.

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